Author Archives: Alyssa Parker-Geisman

Help in developing LIDAR program

Hey all,

I have been considering developing my I-SWOOP program about the LIDAR scanning technology. However, I am struggling with finding the right amount of content that should be involved.

My thoughts so far:

Introduce program with take a stand  activity to discuss people’s thoughts/feelings on use of technology in National Parks.

Introduce NPS mission, and ask audience if they think that technology can play a role in upholding this mission. If so, how?  Discuss.

Share with them what LIDAR scanning technology: What LIDAR stands for, how it works,  What has it been used for thus far, and how it enables scientists to learn about the cave/what they have already used the technology for. ask audience members how they think that this can be used to uphold the mission.

Ask audience if they were scientists, what questions would they want to answer with this technology? Might there be other research that this technology can be used to augment (i.e various bat population models to see if previous estimates were realistic or not).

Any thoughts/feedback on what I have so far? Additions you would suggest?

I feel least confident in having the knowledge of how LIDAR works- who developed it, and what prompted scientists to start using it.  I know that the goal of I-SWOOP isn’t to impart knowledge as much as engage visitors with asking questions and discovering things themselves, but I would like more knowledge base, so I can better steer the program.

Thanks for the help!

APG

Looking for more LIDAR substance

Hey all,

I have been considering developing my I-SWOOP program about the LIDAR scanning technology. However, I am struggling with the content that should be involved.

My thoughts so far:

Introduce program with take a stand  activity to discuss people’s thoughts/feelings on use of technology in National Parks.

Introduce NPS mission, and ask audience if they think that technology can play a role in upholding this mission. If so, how?  Discuss.

Share with them what LIDAR scanning technology: What LIDAR stands for, how it works,  What has it been used for thus far, and how it enables scientists to learn about the cave/what they have already used the technology for. ask audience members how they think that this can be used to uphold the mission.

Ask audience if they were scientists, what questions would they want to answer with this technology? Might there be other research that this technology can be used to augment (i.e various bat population models to see if previous estimates were realistic or not).

Any thoughts/feedback on what I have so far? Additions you would suggest?

I feel least confident in having the knowledge of how LIDAR works- who developed it, and what prompted scientists to start using it.  I know that the goal of I-SWOOP isn’t to impart knowledge as much as engage visitors with asking questions and discovering things themselves, but I would like more knowledge base, so I can better steer the program.

Thanks for the help!

APG

First impressions

Hey all,

Haven’t ever blogged before.. this is new!! Just wanted to add a quick note to let you know how I am feeling about I-swoop: somewhat anxious, but excited as well.

Why anxious? Because this is going to be a new level by which I take my interpretation. For the past few years, I have been struggling with “loosening the reins” on my programs, and trying to adopt the facilitated dialogue approach. I tend to consider myself an “infotainment” type of ranger, only now starting to crack into facilitated dialogue. I believe it is possible to teach an “old dog” new tricks, but to break habits is going to take time, dedication, and practice. I’m a bit nervous of stepping out of my comfort zone, and really having the visitor take over the program, to direct their own learning.

 

I am excited about using the I-swoop model, because we will be giving visitors an opportunity to activate their learning in a multi-model inquiry-based manner. I remember how exciting it was for me to using an inquiry based model for learning about water tension (back in winter, 2009). The demonstration was straight forward, but the process by which I learned what water tension was, and be able to then apply my “newly” acquired information really cemented the concept in my mind. I hope I may facilitate the same type of learning for visitors!

 

That’s it for now…. looking forward to tomorrow’s session!

APG